Definition of “rifle” - English Dictionary

“rifle” in American English

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riflenoun [ C ]

us /ˈrɑɪ·fəl/

rifle noun [ C ] (GUN)

a type of gun with a long barrel (= cylindrical part) which is fired from the shoulder


us /ˈrɑɪ·fəl/

rifle verb (SEARCH)

[ I/T ] to search quickly through something, esp. in order to steal something:

[ I ] He rifled through the safe, but the diamonds were gone.

rifle verb (HIT OR THROW)

[ T ] to hit or throw a ball very hard:

By the game’s end, he had rifled two balls out of the ball field.

(Definition of “rifle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)